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Sep 11 2016

TV At 60: The Top 60 begins…

Australian television is 60 years old this week. It was on the night on 16 September 1956 that Bruce Gyngell (pictured) declared “Good evening, and welcome to television” to an estimated viewing audience of around 100,000 — whether they be at home watching on television or among the thousands to be viewing from outside shop windows, …

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May 06 2016

TV Week Logie Awards: 50 years ago

Gordon Chater (pictured), from sketch comedy series The Mavis Bramston Show, won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV at the 8th annual TV Week Logie Awards. The presentation was held at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Hotel on Monday, 21 March 1966, though there appears to have been no televised or press coverage …

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Jul 01 2015

Ten Brisbane turns 50

Ten Brisbane is 50 years old today. As well as being Brisbane’s third commercial station it was also the third station to launch in the Independent Television System — the network now known as Network Ten. The licence to operate the new channel was awarded to Universal Telecasters (Queensland) Limited in February 1964. But only a few weeks …

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Jul 29 2014

ATV0… from Go!! to Ten

[This Friday, 1 August, marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first channel in what is now Network Ten. Earlier this year we took a look at the countdown to the launch of this new channel — ATV0 — plus its first test programs. This week we present some special posts in commemorating …

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Jul 01 2014

What’s your favourite Ten show?

Network Ten will be celebrating its upcoming 50th anniversary with a special, 50 Years Young. The program will feature an all-star cast of past and present Ten personalities, including Rove McManus, Bert Newton, Dr Chris Brown, Carrie Bickmore, Peter Helliar, Sandra Sully, Johnny Young, Chrissie Swann, Denise Drysdale, Claudia Karvan, Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald, Samuel Johnson, Osher …

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Jun 09 2014

Mike Munro among Queen’s Birthday Honours

Newsreader Mike Munro (pictured), TV vet Dr Harry Cooper, sporting commentators Ray Warren and Phil Gould, members of The Seekers and TV presenter Richard Wilkins are among those to be awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014. OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA Professor Paul Grabowsky — “For distinguished service to …

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Jan 14 2014

Revisiting Video Village

For many of a certain age the mention of Video Village will conjure up some fond memories. Video Village was a popular game show of the 1960s, produced by Crawford Productions for HSV7 in Melbourne and screened on a number of interstate stations. Launched in July 1962, Video Village was hosted by “mayor” Danny Webb, a presenter at …

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Jan 12 2014

Counting down to Channel 0

Fifty years ago, January 1964, the countdown was on to the launch of Melbourne’s new TV station, ATV Channel 0 (now Ten), scheduled for August that year. Melbourne was to be the first city in Australia to have access to a fourth television station — with new channels still up to a year away in Sydney, …

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Apr 23 2013

Nancy Cato sounds off at supermarket

To any child of the ’60s and early ’70s the name Nancy Cato (pictured) will invoke memories of classic Australian children’s TV. An aspiring actress from Swan Hill, Cato came to fame as the host of children’s program GMV Juniors from GMV6, Shepparton, in the early ’60s. She became a national TV identity in 1964 as …

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Apr 27 2012

Ballarat television turns 50

It was at 7.00pm on Friday, 27 April 1962 that Ballarat’s first television station – BTV6 – made its first official broadcast. The channel was the fourth regional station to launch in Victoria and marked the completion of the first stage of the roll-out of commercial television in regional Victoria.  (The second stage, started in …

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